PTG Profile: Pioneer’s Josiah Jones hopes to turn acting into a lifelong career

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Josiah Jones has some advice for young people interested in the arts. “I would say just to go for it and don’t give up,” he says. “Like anything, you can do anything that you put your mind to.”

Jones, a senior at Pioneer HS, took his own advice about four years ago.

“Back when I took my first acting class in ninth grade, I don’t know what happened, but I just fell in love with acting ever since,” he says.

Jones affair with acting continues next month when he plays Balthasar in the Pioneer Theatre Guild’s upcoming production of the William Shakespeare classic “Romeo & Juliet,” Feb. 3-6. He’s very much looking forward to stepping out on the stage as a member of the Pioneer Theatre Guild.

“I would say the most challenging part of this production came during the beginning, just getting down the pronunciation and getting the words down and under control,” he says. “What makes PTG such a great experience is probably just the people. I’ve made a lot of friends through PTG.”

Jones’ other theatre credits include playing Gremkin in the PTG production of Peter and the Starcatcher.

Josiah, 18, is the son of Jenna Jones. He also enjoys writing books and skateboarding.

“My long-term goal is going to be following my dream as an actor,” he says. “I want to get my first big breakout role and do acting for films full time. I also would like to continue working as an author.”

By Terry Jacoby